Physical Therapy for Injury Care
At Benton Physical Therapy we look forward to helping you achieve optimal health and recover from injuries. Our resources on this website are for informational purposes only. Do not diagnose, self treat, or attempt any exercises from the content on this site without first contacting Benton Physical Therapy, your physician or a qualified specialist.
Acute Injury Care
Your Physical Therapist at Benton Physical Therapy can help you to manage your injury, reduce the pain and swelling associated with acute injures, and can give you exercises to increase strength, and restore mobility and function. Exercise plays an important role in the recovery process. Exercise helps to maintain the motion at the injured area, promotes fluid reabsorption and prevents stiffening of joints. Your Physical Therapist can also educate you on returning to work and ergonomics, and can help develop progressive exercise programs aimed at work conditioning.
Acute Injuries occur suddenly during activities. Examples of Acute Injuries include sprained ankle, strained back, or fractured hand. When you have an acute injury there are things you can do to minimize tissue damage, protect from further injury and promote faster recovery.
Swelling can be managed by using RICE, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
When should I see the doctor?
You should see your doctor after injury if:
- the joint is painful or swollen and you are unable to put weight on it
- you can feel something moving abnormally within a joint
- the joint feels unstable or wobbly
- there is no response to rest, ice, compression, elevation
- there is persistent weakness or instability
- you have numbness or tingling as a result of the injury
- you are a child or adolescent
A serious injury may deceive you by not being very painful initially. Also, a mild injury may lead to something worse if not properly treated. If in doubt, get it checked out.